On 15 April 2019, during its Annual Meeting in Paris, France, the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS) announced the winners of its first ICAS Global Awards.
The objective of the ICAS Awards is to reward initiatives that contribute to responsible marketing practices through self-regulatory standards.
The winners of the first ever ICAS Awards are:
- For Best Awareness-Raising Initiative: ARPP (Autorité de régulation professionnelle de la publicité), France, for its impactful communication campaign on guidelines for social media influencers;
- For Thought-Leadership: Ad Standards Australia, for a study done in partnership with Deloitte, assessing the benefits of a self-regulatory advertising complaints handling system;
- For Best Sectoral Initiative: Ad Standards Canada, for its Influencer Marketing Disclosure Guidelines;
- Special Prize: AUTOCONTROL, Spain, for its services around data protection issues.
The judges issued a Special Mention for the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for effective self-regulatory practices through its Code Consolidation project, completed in 2018.